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Civil War Soldiers - Holt

Holt, Joseph, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Breckenridge county, Ky., Jan. 6, 1807, was educated at St. Joseph's college, Bardstown and at Centre college, Danville, and in 1828 began to practice law in Elizabethtown, Ky. He was then for many years an attorney of national reputation. He supported the candidacy of Franklin Pierce for the presidency in 1852, that of James Buchanan in 1856, and that of Stephen A. Douglas in 1860. He was Commissioner of Patents in Washington, 1857-59, Postmaster-General 1859-60, and Secretary of War, 1860-61. He supported the administration when Lincoln succeeded to the presidency, actively co-operated with Gen. Scott in providing against hostile demonstrations at the inauguration, and in a report which was afterwards published described the plot which had been formed to seize the capital. In the latter part of 1861 he was one of a commission appointed to investigate the military claims against the Department of the West, and on Sept. 3, 1862, he was appointed by President Lincoln judge- advocate-general with the rank of colonel. On the establishment of the bureau of military justice in 1864 he was put at its head with the same title but with the rank of brigadier-general, and on March 13, 1865, he was brevetted major-general for "faithful, meritorious and distinguished services in the bureau of military justice during the war." He conducted the trial of Fitz-John Porter, who was charged with disobedience of orders, and also of the trials of the accomplices in the assassination of President Lincoln. He was retired at his own request in 1875, being over sixty-two years old, and he died in Washington, D. C., Aug. 1, 1894.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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